Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blog redirect to "Museums without Borders"

Dear Readers,

Thank you for checking out In-heritance, the blog that has served Heritance for over two years. In keeping with Heritance's new program focus, Open Museum, we are consolidating our two separate blogs into one: "Museums without Borders" .

In "Museums without Borders", you'll find two to three new posts per week on issues related to curating a collection on Open Museum (OMo): issues such as costs and benefits to the OMo curator, strategies for planning and building an online collection, intellectual property and copyright law, and OMo's web 2.0 technology as a tool for community outreach.

Please visit us at Museums without Borders and consider bookmarking the blog as well as Open Museum so that you can follow developments ( and get as involved as you choose!) in helping to build what we hope will become the global museum.

Best wishes,

Maureen Doyle
Executive Director of Heritance
Co-Founder Open Museum

Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekly Member Update

Heritance supports Open Museum, Open Museum is a non-commercial, participatory exhibit space open to all. Open Museum hosts exhibits of museums, organizations and individuals from around the world.

NEW COLLECTION: Open Museum has launched a new collection, "Kate Emlen, the Paintings". For Kate, who received her MFA at Yale and resides in Vermont, the world is her studio. Her paintings depict a range of settings and themes, from still life to New England seascapes and Italian landscapes. To experience this collection

OPEN MUSEUM BLOG: The Open Museum Blog, Museums without Borders, gives a brief, daily update on what's happening at Open Museum You can see photos from exhibits and learn about new features. Bookmark or subscribe in your RSS feed reader.

NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to "email this page to a friend" and become a "friend of a museum" on Open Museum. Museums will soon be able to share their news with their Open Museum friends.

WEEKLY DIGEST: This week it will become possible to subscribe to a weekly digest of new objects on Open Museum. The digest will highlight six objects, giving a photo, link and short description.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Open Museum now offers more technical support to the visitor. Take the introductory tour on the Home Page or Select "Learn more about..." while exploring the Museums, Collections, Objects and Tours.

CURATOR OUTREACH: Open Museum continues to give demos to prospective Open Museum curators. Next week we will be meeting with the Hood Museum at Dartmouth. This week we met with the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire and will begin to train our first co-curator, Kiku Langford from the AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Monday, February 2, 2009

WEMUP, Weekly Member Update

Heritance announces that Open Museum is now available to the public!

Open Museum -- a non-commercial, participatory exhibit space -- is a free service provided by Heritance, a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Open Museum is in Alpha release, which means it is under development and in need of testing.

If you are a friend of Heritance, a lover of museums, an amateur of web 2.0 or just plain curious, visit now.

Take an introductory tour; register; browse the collections and join a museum tour. If you feel like it (and we hope you will!), please help enrich your own and other people's experience of Open Museum by rating and tagging objects or contributing comments in the form of text or photos.

Give the site a workout -- as much or as little as time permits -- and tell us what you think. Don't worry about breaking anything! What doesn't work is as important to tell as what does, and no problem is too small! We value your opinions and count on your critiques, compliments, and comments to make the site better.

Post your thoughts as a comment here or send a messages through the feedback link on Open Museum or by an email.

Also, invite your friends, family and colleagues to check out Open Museum: